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BLAND ARGUS.'1 A Western Illinois Paper for Western Illinois People flXTY-NINTH YEARNO. 114. TUESDAY MARCH 1920 -TWELVE PAGES. .TED PRICE FIVE CENTS. Aosrr atnuao or aacoumoiis: IBM! 'II iWI BiL LOT Fffl TBIflE ... ... .... " I - - t . ' STRIKE NOIV IS AVERTED BY DECISION Abandon Plans for Pres ent to Test Constitu tionality of Law. . Wanhlngton, March 2,-Rep- ..).na nf the railroad tKVWi'v' salons are understood to hate wted today 10 ,Te ,BC "BW nllroai taw a trial in bringing stoat a settlement of their vain demands. It Is understood alfto that tkej decided to hold in abej. uee plant t test the ronstltu (Joaalitjr of tbd law and not to iler the controversy to the lion membership for a vote "sntn the law has beei given I fair trial." This means it is Raid, that all danger of a general strike it this time ha been removed. Oae of the onion officials said we are all rood Americans and desire to go nfone with the , president as far as we can." Th conference named B. M. Jewell, acting president of the rail- j wy employes' department of the Aartrican Federation of Labor, E. J. Minion, president of the Order j f Railroad Telegraphers, and Tim- othy Shea, acting president of the Brotherhood ot Firemen anq, m ftnemen, a committee, to draft a itstement of their views and their Immediate oourse of action. Decision of the union leaders was retched after a conference which j hu lasted over three days. Most ! of the officials prepared to leave Washington tonight The execu tives, however, planned to stay un til Frtiident Wilson had invited ' them to submit the names of their members of the labor board pro vided in the new transportation act The executives will determine the tthod by which their members on i tri-partite board would be se ttled. It is understood a majority of them favor the reference of list of. 10 names to the general com mitteemen of all local organiza tions, the six leading in the voting feeing the names to go to the pres ident. Efforts of certain groups of the unions to force an immediate test , or the law s constitutionality came to in end in a secret meeting last light, It was stated. The more in fluential of the executives who at tended that session argued that the Ibi a V. 1 1 1 . 1 itrtte its own value and work ability. This view finally was ac cepted, but not without protests. MODTOFILE IN ILLINOIS Su of Major General Will Be PUwd on Ballots For Stale Primaries in April. Chicago, March 2. General Wil McChesney, chairman of the ds campaign in Illinois, left uuo today for Springfield where will file the petition of the major jweral as a candidate in the presi UU primaries in this state in fcT ... """"""row Is the last day w sung 0f petitions of presiden- candidates in Illinois. Wvernor Lowden of Illinois, al JJJJv has Bled his petition in this United. Ststaa Sonotn.. HI-. L Johnmn ti , ' . ... . in. . m v.iuornia, nas aeciaea J Hie a petition in Illinois, it -,"nwnced today. ChS n4tionl committee, will toL 480 Suniay and Monday, - witn the Republican na biiMCBtiv commtttee and tne mittee7 CUUTeauon .mjP0"1 of Wood in ' Illinois to i th V CAnilillate tor delegates to u national cooven jj r. McChesney announced to- wkert for Wood feel satisfied a. jT ""'uaies irom me van- tb.f,cu- wm firly represent .7 entiment nr tit. ..... ..i... JJj we pledged or unpledged, he tottJ campaign win De tothU.01ln " districts, however, NlOw tn. ...... i . . . i . Mi ,77. Miueui oi me inn; wcaliUea to be for Wood." HOW IS AIMED . AT FREE SEEDS tttlh!S!t0B' Marcl 9 Acting MconunendaUon of the new L., 'Plcultnre, the sen wTOoaitural ,commitee today Jbw- ,mlDM trom the annual K"al bill the $240,000 voted house to continue the time WT?1 jo thrtr contUtnents by T1 ' conrees. Does Rock Island Want Baseball? To the Newspapers and All Public Spirited Citizens .of Rock Is- land: The men who were instrumental in starting the present baseball movement and who were elected to serve as officers and directors tor this year, desire herewith to make a candid statement to the public generally. . Numerous expressions of a desire to see Rock Island back in baseball, hundreds xt inquiries from fans generally and urgent appeals through the newspapers brought about the pres ent movement Every indication seemed to confirm the belief that baseball was again really desired, but the response to the campaign for the solicitation of funds through the sale of stock has been entirely disappointing. Nothing like sufficient funds are in sight; volunteers, either to sell stock or to purchase same, have failed to materialize, and only about one-half of the money needed is in sight In view of this condition, the undersigned aire fearful that the situation was misjudged and that this city is not yet ready to reenter the game. It is not our desire or intention to force baseball upon our people and we positively decline to proceed further with this movement until it is fully demonstrated that the people really want it No money whatsoever, has as yet been expended, and no obligations, which cannot be revoked, have been entered into, so we have decided to hold all such matters in suspense for a period of 10 days pending a clear cut and material expression from the people. . For your information a few of the immediate and principal items of expense are set forth to show the need of the entire sum first mentioned, 112,000, to get started properly. Absolutely necessary repairs to park $3,500.00 League guarantee to be posted March 15 2,000.00 Uniforms and necessary equipment 1,000.00 - Cost of training period, three weeks 1,200.00 Incidental expense before starting 500.00 Total $8,200.00 This amount of money must be expended before the opening of the season, and a small additional sum to provide for con- tingencies should be on hand before we finally commit our selves. Less than four weeks remain before the training sea son will open. If you want Rock Island to have baseball, please demonstrate that fact before Sunday, March 14. (Signed) C. W. MUELLER, President T. P. SINNETT, Vice President JOE R. TUCKIS, Treasurer. W. H. FLANIGAN, Secretary. DIRECTORS M. H. SEXTON. JOHN W. CARSE. JOHN HAWLEY. ' JOHN W. POTTER. AWT. E. HARTMAN. GABE MOSENFELDER. L. M. CASTEEL. EastThrowsCold Water On Ship Canal Project Through St. Lawrence Buffalo. N. Y March 2. West ern delegations favoring the proj ect of a ship canal through the St Lawrence route to the ocean, re turned home today to prepare an swers to arguments advanced by eastern - interests, which claim that the route would be of doubt ful value for shipping and costly far beyond any return that it would bring to Canada or the United St&tCSa The international waterways commission, which is hearing ar guments for and against the enter LIVES LOST AS CREW ATTEMPT TO LEAVE SHIP Halifat, N. S., March 2. Seven lives are believed to have been lost when the crew of the Leyland liner Bohemian abandoned their ship as she was breaking up on the Sambro ledges this morn ing. Several others were injured. The ship, which was bound from Boston to Liverpool, ran aground in a blinding snowstorm 200 feet from shore while endeavoring to put into Halifax harbor early yes terday morning.. Sixty-four pas sengers were taken off in safety in the morning, but most of the 120 members of the crew remained on board all day. Brings Rescued Sailor. New York, March 2. Forty-one members of the steamer West Aletta, which went aground off Terschelllng island last month, ar rived her today from Antwerp on the transport Northern Pacific The transport also carried 1141 officers and civilian passengers and 43S enlisted men who bad served in the occupied areas of Germany. -O The Weather ' Increasing cloudiness with prob ably rain or snow lat tonight or Wednesday.' Colder Wednesday. The lowest temperature tonight will be aboue 25 degrees above zero. Highest yesterday, 49: lowest last night, 29. Wind velocity, 4 miles per nour. Precipitation, none. 12 m. 7 p. m. 7 a. m. y ester, yester. today Dry bulb tern. ..39 42' 29 Wet bulb tem. .. SI . 34 26 Ret. humid. ....33 40 69 River stage 4 feet, a rise of a in the last 24 hours. J. M. SHERIER, Meteorologist prise, will meet in other Great Lakes and middle west cities be fore formulating conclusions in a report to Ottawa and Washington. Neither grain nor iron ore, which form the bulk of the Great Lakes tonnage, could be carried profitably to tidewater, opposition speakers declared. It also was maintained that the millions of dollars re quired for the new waterway would be only the Initial outlay. Shallow harbors and lake channels would offer the next expensive problem, ' it was claimed. ; i : SPARE FRANCE WOES OF VAST LABOR BATTLE Extremists in Rail Strike Back Down After Workers Are Ordered for Doty. Paris, March 2. The strike on the French railroads ended last night ' . An understanding was reached between the directors of the rail ways and the men, and the national federation immediately ordered the resumption of work. The strike began last week on the Paris - Lyons - Mediterranean road and was followed Saturday by an order for a strike on all the railways of France, but reports from various quarters have told of the failure of the men to walk out The mobilization for military duty ot the rausoad men, adopted by the government early yesterday as a measure to combat the strike, resulted, the government announc ed, in response of 60 per cent of the men called upon. The federation of labor consid ered calling a general strike in all the trades as a last resort, but last night abandoned such a plan. . Men Gain Potato, The strike was settled on the following points; The right for men to organise will be respected throughout the railroad systems of France. The railroad men accept arbitration on points not as yet settled and an im mediate study ot future rules of railroads will be begun. The com panies will not pay wages to the men for the time lost daring the strike, but disciplinary penalties for non-resumption of work after the men had been summoned will be cancelled. Directors of com panies will revise other penalties in the spirit ot justice. . LEGION MEN ASKING ONLY WHAT IS FAIR Want Aid to Help Selves, Not Charity, Leader. . Says. ' Washington, March 2. Taking up for the first time the whole question of soldier relief legisla tion, the house ways and means committee got into a row today over procedure and broke up in some confusion after some mem bers had repeated charges made in the house that the measure bad been sent to the committee for burial. After many heated exchanges between members the committee ordered the room cleared of the crowd of spectators and then in executive session finally decided to continue hearings tomorrow. D'Olier Presents Case. Washington, March 2. Franklin D'Olier, national commander of the American Legion, outlining to the house ways and means committee today the organization's demands for soldier relief legislation, declar ed it wanted no bonus, but assist ance for former service men in overcoming present "financial dis advantages." All the legion asks, he told the committee, "is as liberal treatment as is consistent with the welfare of the whole country." Owes an Obligation. "An overwhelming majority of ex-service men feel strongly that this government owes an obligation to all persons who were handi capped either bodily or financially," the national commander declared, adding that disabled men wanted relief legislation "to the end that they would no longer be objects of private charity." Recommendations for legislation were presented as follows: Land settlements covering farms in all states; aid to encourage pur chase of homes; vocational train ing, and adjustment of compensa tion based on length of service for those not desiring to avail them selves of the other three features. Is Sot Selfish. "The American Legion," Mr. D'Olier said, "asks nothing in its selfish interests at the expense of the country, but at the same time does not feel that this obligation to ex-service men and women should be altogether passed by at this time and all economizing done at the ex pense of the ex-service man. "If legislation is wisely framed covering land settlement home aid, and vocational training, every dol lar invested by the government will bring ultimately great returns to the country by making the ex-ser vice man a better citizen and great er producer." . More than fifty bills relating to bonuses were before the committee as it began hearings on the whole question of soldier relief. Thomas W. Miller of Wilmington, Del., chairman of the legion's leg islative committee, declared that a war service adjustment based on justice had taken the place of pen sions based on charity. CLOTHING MAKER FALLS FOB FAKE HORSE RACE GAME Chicago, March 2. Louis Hart man, said to be a wealthy clothing manufacturer of New York, com plained to police today that he had been swindled out of $15,200 by three men who induced hi m to Hat on fake horse races. MEXICO MAKES ITS OWN LIST OF 'OUTRAGES' Mexico Citv. March 9 rw -i ative to recent alleged "murders" ui meucans in southern United States is beine gathered hv tho Mexican pmhanov in -nr. .!.:... "J nwuiiugwu formulating a nrnteat t- jt&tion of the state department ac- w.tuug m, uuormauon received in rauromciai quarters. Resist U. S. Demand,' Another reoumt tii.t vf.j consuls in the United States vise me passports ot Americans who testified recently before the United State senate committee investigat ing Mexican Con Hit inn a hno presented by the American em bassy here, it is learned from au thoritative innnwa It Sa b;a - - - . oaiu uic Mexican government maintains its stand against granting -rises. I - X Invasion Undertaken. nogmies, March 2. Sheriff Ear hart denied that hi. - - 11 a U crossed the Mexican line in pursuit ui hw moans wno Killed Alexander Fraxier and A. J. Fraxier at Ruby TENANTS POOL ? MTERESTS AND BUY THE FLAT r-v ; . . Chicagoans Find Way to j Beat the Grasping Landlord , Chicago, March 2. Six Chicago business and professional men to dAdopted a community plan to escape payment of high r,ents. The men contributed equally toward a fund' of $27,000 to purchase an apartment building, which, with their families, they expect to oc cupy. It was agreed a common fund should be established, out ot which running expenses of the ap partment would be paid. Under a set of rules devised each teilant was given authority to re decorate, remodel or sub-let his flat at his pleasure. Money which would have been paid as rents will go into the common fund to meet the cost price of the apartment WILSON PLANS RAIL TRIBUNAL Makes Preparations to Set Fp Hew Body Provided In Rail Bill to Consider Wages. Washington, March 2. Presi dent Wilson is preparing to set up the tribunal provided in the rail road bill for considering the wage demands of the 2,000,000 railroad employes. It was announced at the White house today tfiat he was writing to the unions and railroad com panies asking that they nominate representatives to the wage board. Under the law the unions name six representatives and the roads six. From each of these groups the president will select three and in addition he will name three repre sentatives of the public. The board of nine as thus constituted will be subject to senate approval. Public Must Approve. Decision of the board will be by majority vote, provided one of the majority is of the public group. The law does not make acceptance ot the findings mandatory on eith er the workers or the roads, but members of congress during de bate on the measure expressed the belief that public opinion would compel acceptance. Representatives of the brother hoods still are meeting in Wash ington considering the president's reply to their wage demands in which he promised that if the new law did not provide for a tribunal for settlement of wage contro versies, he would use his efforts to have a board appointed. In ask ing the president to veto the rail road bill, the railroad men said the machinery set up by law would result in a delay of many months in the settlement of their demands. DUBUQUE HAS A TROLLEY TIEUP 'Dubuque, Iowa. March 2. Du buque this morning was in the grip of a street car strike with no pros pects of an early settlement After two hours spent in heated discussion from midnight until 2 o'clock, carmen refused to heed the plea of their president, C. C. Mead, to accept a temporary compromise of 50 cents an hour, and taking the situation in their own hands, called the walkout. ; CANAL STRIKE IS GALLED OFF Panama, March 2. The strike of the colored members of the main tenance of way union in the canal xone, which, at its height was es timated to involve some 15,000 men, was called off today. OIL COMPANIES RAISING PRICES Pittsburgh. Pa., March 2. Penn sylvania crude oil passed the $6 mark here today when the Seep purcnasing agency announced an advance in the price of 15 cents a barrel to $6.10. All other grades remain unchanged. This is the second advance in tne pries of Pennsylvania crude within two days and -the fifth in crease since the beginning of the year. . Up la Oklahoma. Tulsa, Okla.. March 2. All prin cipai oil purchasing agencies in Tulsa announced at the opening of business Tuesday morning . that they would meet the advance of 25 cents a barrel in rrnd oil made br :the Sinclair Oil and Gas enmnanv I Monday. Companies announcing the increase were Cosden, Prairie, ALLIES GALL FOR STRONG JOINTAGTION More Production, Com mon Buying and Selling Are Proposed. London, March 2. The su. preme conncil of the allies to day decided that Turkey Hhall have no navy. Only a few revenue cutters will be left to her. Paris, March 2. Joint buying, distribution according to necessi ties., and supervision of selling prices were provided for in a ten tative plan agreed to at London yesterday by the economic section of the supreme allied council, says the Petit Parisien, which today prints an outline of the program. The plan must be submitted to Premier Millerand before becoming effective. Torn to Russia. - "In the debate which developed during the meeting as to where the needed materials might be found," ! the newspaper says, "the exchange situation between Europe and the United States was considered as hindering purchases and Premier Lloyd George of Great Britain urg ed exchanges with Russia, particu larly for wheat There was, there fore, only a step to be taken toward making a direct agreement with the soviet government for exchanges which were previously arranged for with the Russian cooperative soci eties, which form in reality only an administrative organization. This step has been taken. Call for Production. All allied countries will be called upon to develop to the utmost their productive forces and advised that improving the conditions of work ers must be applied to that end in a manifesto prepared by the economic section of the supreme allied coun cil yesterday, says "Pertinax," po litical editor of the Echo d' Paris. "With this" object in view," he writes, "the different governments will be told they must support each other to the utmost A return to the community system created dur ing the war and light-heartedly destroyed after the armistice can not be thought of now, but the man ifesto will declare the following principles should be recognized: "In every couatry the problem of production is not only national but international and, both as regards the distribution and transportation i0f raw materials, it must be admit- ted each state must seek not only its own interests, but must accept sacrifices in the interest of the gen eral welfare, i Cut Down War Material. "The necessity for greatest econ- omy in the manufacture of war ma terial is apparent it is stated, in connection with a solemn warning that will be addressed to small central European states which show signs of asking support by arms of their particular claims. If neces sary certain steps will be taken against them. "Europe must form a genuine economic unity and to return to healthy conditions all parts of it must be reconstituted. Measures, then, must be taken to enable Ger many and Russia to contribute to the economic life of the European entity." EDWARDS SIGNS BEER MEASURE Trenton, X. J., March 2. Gov ernor Edwards today signed a bill that permits the manufacture and sale, after peace with Germany is proclaimed, of liquor containing 3.5 per cent of alcohol by volume. The passage of the bill was com pleted in the legislature yesterday. ANOTHER ITEM IN LODGE PLAN GOES THROUGH Washington, March 2. The Re publican peace treaty reservation declaring the right of the United States to decide all domestic ques tions under the League of Nations was readopted by the senate today by a vote of 56 to 25, after repeated efforts by the Democrats to amend it had failed. Fourteen Democrats voted with the solid Republican membership for the reservation. On its original adoption last November, the vote was 59 to 36, with 11 Democrats voting in the affirmative. LANE SAID THE THINGS OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO Swan Song Went to the Heart of Weakness of Federal System. Bf DAVID LAWRENCE. (Special to The Argus.) .... Washington, D. C, March 2. Franklin Lane's farewell address written to President Wilson but in reality intended for the American people is being variously inter preted as a criticism of the Wilson administration in which he served seven years, but mostly as an in dictment of the public service it self in which he spent 20 years under Republican as well as Demo cratic administrations. When the departing secretary of the interior, however, characterizes official Washington as "a combina tion of political caucus, drawing room and civil service bureau con taining statesmen who are politic ians and politicians who are not statesmen," he expresses himself with a freedom from restraint which a good many officials still in service would like to exercise. For there are two kinds of men in the government those who , realize present methods are inadequate and inefficient and those who don't want to realize it because it might dis turb personal or party aspirations. Mind Unprejudiced. Mr. Lane is ineligible for the presidency. He happens to have been born in Canada. He can't go higher in the ladder of politics. He is retiring to private business. He carries with him no grudges, no re sentments, no bitterness or disap pointment What he says there fore can't be taken as personal, but impersonal. Yet he has started something that may get to be per sonal before this presidential year is out. For his statement may focus public attention on the topsy turvy condition of the public serv ice today and start people thinking about better types of men for the next electoral contests. If Mr. Lane had been disposed to be personal, indeed he might have put his finger on the mainspring ot the trouble presidential politics. The government is fairly seeping with it Here is the situation in a nutshell: In the department of justice is a presidential candidate, A, Mitchell Palmer, attorney general. He may be giving ihtle thought to it as the business of his office demands at tention, but his subordinates are working tooth and nail for the support of delegates to the Demo cratic national convention. Wood's Friends in Evidence. In the war department are many friends of General Leonard Wood, who are by no means asleep at the switch. Moreover, there are offi cers in the war department eager to keep on good terms with the Re publican congress, who literally fear investigations and are there fore proceeding with a superabund ance of caution in matters of claims, which is holding up the bills of legitimate business inter ests. "Everyone seems to be afraid of everyone was Mr. Lane's way of expressing the broad principle of excessive timidity in public service. In the treasury department. Sec retary Houston is not himself a candidate or versed in the ways of politics. But his department is honeycombed with politics. Here (Continued'on Page Three) GO INTO CHARGE INVOLVING NAVY Washington, March 2. A full in vestigation of charges of gross im-! morality and indecent practices in connection with the activities of a naval intelligence vice squad at the naval training station- at Newport, R. I., was ordered today by the sen ate naval committee. The charges were made originally by John R. Rathom of the Providence (R. I.) Journal. The committee acted on the rec ommendation of the subcommittee appointed to make a preliminary investigation. This subcommittee i said a thorough inquiry was neces sary for the good of the morale of the navy. OPEN DEBATES ON PRESIDENCY Sioux Falls, S. D., March 2. James W. Gerard of New York, minority Democratic candidate for presidential preference at the March primaries, will debate with James O. Monroe, of Chicago, in dependent Democratic candidate, here tonight This will be the first presiden tial debate under the provisions of the Richards primary law. GEDDES FORMALLY MADE AMBASSADOR London, March 2. Official an nouncement of the appointment of Sir Auckland Geddes aajtritish am bassador to the United States was made here. R.G. STARTS ATTACK! ILLS OF W Public Health Campaign1 in 30 Countries Up at Geneva. Geneva, Monday, March 1. Dele gates to the congress of Red Cross societies, which opens tontorrow, , are here and state that plans will be made for the cooperationof na tional Red Cross societies in 30 countries. During the congress the peace time program of the Red Cross will be discussed, the plan being to relieve suffering and pro mote human welfare generally. This will be based on a coordinated effort to improve public health by controlling and even eliminating such maladies as malaria, tubercu losis and other scourges which have afflicted mankind. ('auprht In Snow. American delegates had an ad venture in the snow in the Jura mountains. They came by automobile from ' Paris, and when they reached St. Cergues, France, they were told the pass ahead was clear of snow, but as tne party advanced to mo French-Swiss border, the customs officials said the snow was still deep in the mountains and it was impossible to get througn. me Americans kept on, however, until they encountered a deep drif where the machines were stalled, and it looked as if the party would be forced to spend the night in the mountains. Enterprise Saves Day. Foster Rockwell of Phoenix. Ariz., former Yale football captain, now engaged in Red Crops work, had foreseen trouble, however, and had come from Geneva, arranging for relays of horses and shovelem along the road, and within an hour the machines were able to move ahead on their own power. They were the first automobiles to pass since last winter through Tourniquet, where three weeks ago an avalanche overwhelmed a dili gence. GET DENEKINE IN BAD CORNER London, March 2. General Den ekine's army has been trapped In the Kuban peninsula southeast of the Sea of Azoy, it is claimed in a Russian soviet official - statement dated Sunday and received today j from Moscow. '. ' A bolshevik communique yester day announced the capture of Stavropol, in the northern Cauca sus, the soviet fortes -defeating Denekine's troops and annihilating the first Kuban corps. The state ment at hand today shows a bol shevik advance of some ninety miles to the northwent and an nounces the capture of Tikhoryet-t skaya, a railroad junction point 80 miles northeast of Yekaterin odar. The taking of this junction prob ably is the basis of the claim that Denekine's forces are trapped, as it cuts their line ot communica tion southeastward into the Cau casus and leaves open only the route through Yekaterinodar to the Black sea at Novorossisk. BIG FRUIT LOSS Miami, Fla., March 2. Damage estimated at over $5,000,000 was done to fruit and vegetables in south Ilorida, by the extremely low temperatures of last night Vegetable fields north of Miami were practically wiped out while early reports tbow the damage to the south to be about 75 per cent. Temperatures last night were the lowest ever officially recorded here for March, 34 degrees. SELL ALL U.S. HOUSES FIRST OF NEXT JUNE Washington, March 2. Practi cally all the property of the United States housing corporation will have been sold by Juno 30, next, according to report sent to con gress today by Secretary Wilson. Sales of houses and vacant prop erty up to Jan. 19, last amounted to $5,003,000. Receipts from gov ernment hotels exceeded expendi tures, the report showed, th, operating profit np to Doc SI being) fS6.09X j J1 J