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A Western Illinois Paper for Western Illinois People
Aosrr atnuao or aacoumoiis:
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Abandon Plans for Pres
ent to Test Constitu
tionality of Law.
. Wanhlngton, March 2,-Rep-
..).na nf the railroad
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.
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."
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-
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.
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
The international waterways
commission, which is hearing ar
guments for and against the enter
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.
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
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.
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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. .
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
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.
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 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
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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
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
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, 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. ;
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.
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.
Swan Song Went to the
Heart of Weakness of
Federal System.
(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
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
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)
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.)
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.
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.
London, March 2. Official an
nouncement of the appointment of
Sir Auckland Geddes aajtritish am
bassador to the United States was
made here.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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