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"SgtY-NINTH YEAH. NO. 122.
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Bcport Finished and Plac
ed in Hands of Presi
' dent Wilson.
8t Loots, o March 1L
TkomM T. Brewster, chairman
tt the coal operators' scale
committee In the central com
Mtithe field, asserted the price
if tod would be increased If
tJie miners were granted the 25
per cent watte Increase, as rec
nmended today by the com
mhrion appointed by President
Wilson to settle the coal min
ers' strike.
SprliurfieCd, 111, March 1L
linen of Illinois will not be
Mtiifled with the award by the
eoal strike settlement com mis
loa bat they mast accept it or
break faith, Frank Partington,
president of the United Mine
Tforkrs of Illinois said today.
"It is not what the miners
wpected," said President Far.
rlngton. "but they must ac
cept It." ,
Washington, March 11. A 25 per
cent wage increase for bituminous
coal miners is recommended in a
matority report of the commission
i&nolnted by President Wilson to
ettle tie coal strike.
No change in working hours or
conditions was recommended. John
P. White, representing the miners,
held out for a higher wage increase,
It was said, and will submit a
minority report.
The wage increase proposed will
absorb the 14 per cent granted
when the miners returned to work
lut November, so that the actual
increase is 11 per tent over present
Tl majority recommended that
lie check-off system, by which the
wvstMttors collect from the miners'
duel to the unions, be retained, it
alto recommended that the ques
tion of differentials be referred to
a special commission to be ap
pointed by the joint wage scale con
ference and to report in two years.
Xot RetroactiTe.
The wage increase would not be
made retroactive. The commission
did not ask that the powers of the
fuel administration be conferred on
The majority recommendations
were submitted today to President
Wilson, but have not yet been
made public, Whije house officials
aylng that they were awaiting the
7 Could Not Make it Unanimous.
f Rembrandt Peale, representing
the operators, joined with Henry
m. Robinson, representing the pub
lic, in signing the majority report.
The report was submitted to the
president only after the commission
had labored for several days in an
effort to compose its differences
and make a unanimous report as it
ai requested to do in the letter
from President Wilson creating it
lst November.
The majority made no recom
mendation as to price increases to
cover the advances in wages. Its
itatement that it did not ask for
the fuel administration's powers
s taken to mean that it held
that the question of increased
prices was one for the fuel admin
istration to decide.
Anthracite Seirotiations On.
Mw York. March 11. The sub-1
"mmmee of operators and min
j sppotnted to negotiate a new
agreement for the anthracite
1 miners held its first confer
ce here todav .aii, i
J ttpected to continue for several
; 2r? b"tre definite decision is
wached. Neither the minors nor
yWrstora are hopeful of an early
wnsmn, as no definite agreement
"I he reached until the bltum
noiii coal commission hands down
Ls , a ln the cas ot the
! miners.
"htagton, March 11. An ln
2 Wlon of the United States
da, k "ration was ordered to
' bT the senate.
fcife ity' March "--One bun-
kJ? M thirtV-Bil minora h nnt
J? counted for in the El Bordo
ear . ?achnc. mining city
Bid,,"1'? C"y in the state of
otw where flre broke out this
rie. ,ccordln t0 telephone
from Pacauca,
Washington, March 11. A bond
issue of $2,500,000,000 to pay ad
justed compensation to former
service men "might result in dis
aster," Secretary Houston today
told the house ways and means
committee, which is considering
soldier relief legislation.
Increased taxes to extend aid to
former service men was suggested
by the secretary as "the least
harmful way," but he said the pro
posed expenditure of two billion
dollars "would be a serious one
for people to confront at this
Situation Sot Critical.
"The present financial situation
is not critical," Mr. Houston said.
"economy by the people, avoidance
of waste in expenditures, economi
cal appropriations by congress and
prudence in handling these appro
priations will naturally relieve the
An -attempt to sell bonds and
place other paper on the market at
existing rates of interest would be
difficult, he said. Further credit
expansion, which has been a factor
in the upward trend of living costs,
would be inevitable if another bond
issue were approved, he said.
Belfast, March 11. The Ulster
unionist council decided in favor
of the six Ulster counties being
controlled by. the Ulster parlia
ment, should the new home rule
bill be enacted, but declined to ac
cept any responsibility in regard to
the bill.
Belfast, Ireland, March 11. Sir
Edward Carson, the Ulster Union
ist leader, said in a speech that if
the present home rule bill passed,
Ulster won.
Washington, March 11. William
N. Joyce of Berkeley, Cal., was
nominated today by President Wil
son to be a member of the federal
farm loan board to succeed George
W. Norris, resigned.
Rise of Woman Means
Fall of Man, Setback
For Race, Doctor Says
Chicago, March 11. Dr. William
J. Hickson, head of Chicago's psy
chopathic laboratory, today declar
ed that decadence of the nation can
only result from the ascendency
gained by "women in affairs."
"The women have secured the
drop on the men in this country,"
said Dr. Hickson. "The nation has
put its head in the noose of Puri
tanism and demoralization of indi
vidual and national fibre is inevi
Prohibition Mew Mania.
Hickson said prohibition is typi
cal of the "modern puritan mania,"
and added:
"The church movements are typ
ical. They, with prohibition, with
so-called high standard- of moral
Not Money, But News
Is All Villa Wants in
"Kidnaping" Americans
Washington, March 11. Rela-'
tives and friends of Americans
kidnaped by Pancho Villa need
have no concern as to their safety
and may dismiss all fear that they
may be held for ransom if they re
pose full confidence in a commun
ication recently received from the
Mexican bandit leader. According
to his note of assurance, he has
adopted the only practical means
he can think of to get a friendly
conversation with various repre
sentative Americana who cross his
trail, and, while they are his
"guests" they will be treated with
every consideration and returned
unharmed and unrobbed to their
Sent UoftkIanv
The substance of Villa's com
munication was transmitted unof
ficially to officers of the intelli
gence branch ot the war depart
ment coincident with a consular
Reject Miners' Proposal
of Force for National
ization. London, March 11. The special
trade union congress in session
here, voted overwhelmingly today
against the strike policy and in
favor of continued efforts by con
stitutional means, to effect the na
tionalization of mines.
The vote came after Secretary
Hodges of the miners federation
moved a resolution in favor of di
rect action to compel natioaliza
tion. He took this step in accord
ance with instructions issued by
the miners' federation yesterday.
Adoption of a resolution favoring
political action in the form of in
tensive political, propaganda in
preparation for the general elec
tion followed.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Marrh 11.
All the proofs in the Newberry
elections conspiracy trial will be
before the jury by Saturday and
arguments of counsel will start
Monday. This was agreed to by
attorneys and Judge Sessions to
day. The arguments will be lim
ited to eight hours for each side,
apportioned to individuals as the
counsel may determine.
There was no court session to
day. Paul King, chief witness
for the defense, was still held in
bed by his doctors, but against his
own inclination. Judge Sessions
announced he had been assured
that in all probability King would
be able to resume the stand tomor
Chicago, March 11. Chief ot Po
lice John J. Garrity announced to
day he would "rid Chicagcrof crime
within the next six months. The
chief's prediction followed passage
of an ordinance by the city council
giving him sole control of the po
lice department.
Chicago, March 11. Wilson &
Co., packers, today announced es
tablishment of an employes' bene
fit fund under which 25,000 work
ers will receive health, accident
and life insurance. Dues were fix
ed at 20 cents a week.
ity, result in a deterioration of
masculine physical and mental vir
ility. There is a falling off of cre
ative ability. The lowering of the
birth rate already is noticeable.
American pep, which was the re
sult of a masculine dominated
country, soon will be a thing of the
Is Slipping- Fast
"The effemination of man already
is noticeable. . The male today is
inferior in most respects to the fe
male. He is aping her in the mat
ter of clothes. He bows to her leg
islation and vaguely whoops it up
for her reforms. He is fast taking
second place and with his fall
there is no question-that produc
tion in the United States, mental
and material, will decline."
report received at the state depart
ment announcing the release of
Joseph Williams, who had been
carried off into the mountains by
Villa last week after an attack on
a train in which Williams was a
passenger. Williams was the fifth
American captured by the outlaw
in two months, all of whom have
been released without the payment
of ransom.
Cat Off From Sews.
In the message Villa explained
that'only a vague idea of what was
going on in the outside world
could be had where he was. and
the desire to learn more, to gain
the American's point of view and
a determination to give opportun
ities to carry back with them tome
of his own theories of what a gov
ernment should be, had caused him
to determine to gather in his
guests where he might find them
regardless of their willingness to
accept his invitation.
Brundage Holds Sex Can
not Express Presiden
tial Preference.
Springfield. 111., March 11. At
torney General Brundage today
ruled that women cannot vote in
the presidential primary. His rul
ing was made on a request for in
formation from Robert M. Sweit
zer, county clerk of Cook county.
According to the opinion of the
attorney general women are not
entitled to vote for any of the can
didates at the primary election to
be held Tuesday, April 13. The
opinion means that women will
not be allowed to designate their
preference for the presidential
"Women can not vote at the pri
maries to be held Tuesday, April
13," said the attorney general, "un
less the federal suffrage amend
ment becomes effective in the mean
time." Jieed No Ballot.
At the office of Secretary of
State Louis L. Emmerson it was
announced recently that women
might express their preference for
the presidential candidates, but
they would not be allowed to vote
for candidates for delegates to the
national conventions or for pre
cinct committee. State election of
ficials said the ruling ot the attor
ney general apparently makes it
unnecessary to have a woman's bal
lot at the April primary,
San Salvador, Republic of Salva
dor, March 11. The congress of
Salvador today ratified the execu
tive decree under which Salvador
becomes a member of the League
ot Nations.
r.ut One Still Ont
A list of the neutral natiops in
vited to become members of the
League of Nations, cabled from
London on Wednesday, showed that
all but two of the 13 nations, non
signatories of the Versailles treaty.
invited to become original mem
bers of the league, had definitely
accepted. These two nations, the
list showed, were Salvador and 1
Venezuela. The definite action now
taken by Salvador leaves Venezuela
as the only uncertainty on the list.
Latter Try to Keep Visitors Ont of
Forts That Are ot To Be
Paris, March, 11. The conference
of ambassadors today decided to
send the German government a
very firmly worded note, demand
ing immediate application of the
penalties promised for the out
rages suffered by officers of the
inter-allied commission to the
Baltic states during the German
evacuation of this region which has
hitherto been delayed.
At the demand of the British
delegation the conference has de
cided to demand aagin that the
government at Belgrade order the
evacuation of Radeersbure. 37
miles southeast of Gratz, which is
ocxupiea Dy me Jugo-Slavs,
contrary to the decisions of the
Visit All Forts.
The conference has sent precise
instructions to the commissions of
Control in Germany, as the Ger
man government has contested
their right to visit fortresses which
are not to be destroyed. The con
trol commissions were meant to
have the right to visit all German
fortified places.
London, March 11. Blame for
the troubles that are being experi
enced in settling the Turkish prob
lems were laid at the door of the
United States by Earl Curzon, the
foreign secretary. In explaining the
peace conference's negotiations to
the house ot lords today.
Beginning tomorrow,
and daily thereafter,
do not fail to read on
the sporting page of
The Argus, The Sport
light, by Grantland
Rice, the world's fore
most writer of sports.
The Argus has con
tracted for the, exclu
sive use of this feature
in this territory. v
Art Can Do No More for
Women, for the Present
at Least
Chicago, March 11. Modistes,
who will hold a 5-day semi-annual
convention here beginning March
15 in connection with the fashion
show of the Fashion Art League of
America, will advocate there be no
change in design, Madame Alma
Ripley, president of the league, an
nounced today.
"Price of materials and work
manship combine to make a rad
ical change in style impossible,"
she said. "Never were American
women so well dressed. The pres
ent modes are adapted to them and
conform to every woman's individ
uality. Women are expressing
themselves in dress more subtly
and more harmoniously than ever
LOSES $50,000
Chicago," March 11. A' rope "of
pink pearls valued at $50,000 was
stolen from Mrs. Robert F. Carr,
Chicago society woman, while she
was a guest of the Glenn Springs
Hotel, Watkins, New York, March
2, it becitme known today when
Lloyd's insurance agency offered a
reward of $15,000.
Mrs. Carr's husband, Robert F.
Carr, is president of the Dearborn
Chemical company of Chicago, and
president of the board of trustees
of the University of Illinois.
Elmyra, N. Y., March 11. Mrs.
Robert F. Carr of Chicago, a guest
at the Glenn Springs health re
sort at Watkins, near here, stated
today that the regard for the loss
of her pearl necklace valued at
$50,000 was $1,500 instead of $15,-
000, as reported from Chicago. Mrs.
Carr said she does not know if the
pearls were lost or stolen.
Joliet, 111., March 11. James
Clark, sentenced from Woodford
county for burglary escaped from
the new penitentiary here today.
Charleston, W. Va., March 11.
The state senate last night ratified
the federal suffrage amendment,
15 to 14, ending a long and warmly
contested fight and swinging this
state into the suffrage column. All
previous votes resulted in a tie, 14
to 14.
The house of delegates ratified
the amendment a week ago, 47 to
With West Virginia in the suf
frage column, only two more states
are needed to ratify the Susan B.
Anthony amendment to the United
States constitution.
Unseat Montgomery.
Ratification in the senate was
finally brought about by the un
seating of Senator A. R. Montgom
ery of Boone county, on the ground
that he is now a resident ot Illinois,
and the arrival of Senator Jesse
A. Bloch of Wheeling from Pasa
dena. Cal., after a flying trip across
Results of two afternoon games
played in the "Little Nineteen" con
ference tournament at Augustana
college today:
St Viator. 59; Blackburn, 20.
(1 to 2 o'clock).
Carbondale, 32; Macomb, 31.
(2 to 3 o'clock).
St Viator's Wins.
In the first game this afternoon
In the minor division, St Viator's
defeated Blackburn by a score of
59 to 20. The winners led easily
throughout the entire play and
were able to use second string men
la the last half.
law wins in
Will Lockett, Cause of
Lexington Riot, Sent
to Death in Chair.
Eddyrille, Ky., March 11. Petrie
Kimbrough, elias Will Lockett,
convicted slayer of Geneva Hard
man, and confessed slayer-tSf four
other women, died in the electric
chair at Eddyville prison at 4:32
o'clock this morning.
- There were slight signs of emo
tion on the negro's face as he was
placed in the electric chair and
the black cap lowered over his
head. Prison Electrician Collier
turned on the electric current
which killed Kimbrough within 15
Two brothers of the Hardman
girl and 17 Lexington citizens, to
gether with eight soldiers and 12
prison guards, witnessed the exe
cution, which apparently was car
ried out without a hitch in pre
arranged plans.
Prayed and Sang-.
The negro refused to make a
statement when he was taken from
his cell. Continually, however,
during the night he was heard
praying aloud and singing hymns.
He declared yesterday he was
ready to die and that he prayed for
the 10-year-old girl he killed, and
the entire Hardman family.
The body will be buried in the
prison cemetery this afternoon.
Cause of Riot.
It was to protect Kimbrough
from a mob that Kentucky militia
men recently fired on a crowd at
Lexington, which later was pa
trolled by federal troops.
Springfield. 111., March 11.
Committees of the Illinois consti
tutional convention were instruct
ed to "speed up" today by Presi
dent Charles E. Woodward.
President Woodward told the
convention that progress in fram
ing a new basic law now depends
upon the work of the committee to
which all proposals 4iave been re
fered. He requested all members
to be prompt in their attendance at
committee meetings during the
next two weeks.
The convention
adjourned today to meet again
next Tuesday.
The report of the military af
fairs committee on the military
article of the new constitution was
made a special order of business
for next Tuesday. This is the first
committee to return a final report.
The committee on initiative, ref
erendum and recall will hold a
meeting next Wednesday night at i
which a vote will be taken on the
question of reporting out initiative
and referendum proposals. If the
majority of the committee favors
incorporating the initiative and ref
erendum in the constitution a pro
posal will be framed for submis
sion to the convention.
Savanna, 111., March 11. Cor
oroner J. B. Schreiter of Carroll
county, Illinois, returned to Sa
vanna today after conducting an
inquest yesterday afternoon into
the death of Jacob and Leslie
Bland, father and son, who were
killed when their gasoline car was
struck on a bridge near Daggetts
Station, 111., by a Burlington rail
road freight train. Both were em
ployed by the railroad company.
Detroit. Mich.. March 11. The
hunger strike of 300 aliens at Fort
White, which began Tuesday, was
called off when the prisoners suc
cumbed to the aroma of soup and
arguments of officers.
The Weather
Unsettled with rain or snow to
night or Friday. Colder. The low
est temperature tonight will be
near freezing. Winds becoming
strong northwest. Highest yester
day, 53 ; lowest last night 44.
Wind velocity, 4 miles.
Precipitation, none.
12 m. 7p.m. 7am.
yester. yester. today
Dry bulb 50 47 47
Wet bulb 47 46 47
Rel. humidity . .79 95 99
River stage, 4.5, a fall of .1 in
the last 21 hours.
J. Jt khkrtrr Ueteoroioclst
Wilson Commits U. S.
Article X as Senate
(Special to The Argus).
Washington, D. C March 11.
While the senate of the United
States has been debating reserva
tions, especially one that would per
mit this country lone to interpret
the Monroe doctrine, the govern
ments ot Central and South Amer
ica have quietly sought and ob
tained an interpretation of that
doctrine which rivals in importance
the original declaration by Presi
dent Monroe.
The government of Salvador was
the leader in the movement, which
has now taken on all the formality
necessary to make the definition
given by President Wilson an in
tegral part of international law.
For the covenant of the League of
Nations will become international
law so far as the members ari rnn-
Icerned, and Salvador has just de-
ciaea to enter the league with the
understanding of the Monroe doc
trine officially given her by the de
partment of state upon instruction
from President Wilson. Some fu
ture administration can, of course,
interpret the Monroe doctrine dif
ferently, for it is a national policy
but the legal value of an excep
tion noted at the time of entrance
to the league cannot be exagger
ated. As the senate of the United
States has phrased it, the Monroe
doctrine was not only to be inter
preted by the United States alone,
but any incoming member of the
league would have been in the posi
tion of signing a blank check ac
cepting any interpretation which
future administrations might seek
to impose. At least now they have
a definition on which they can base
future protests.
Copies to AIL
Practically all the Central and
South American governments have
obtained conies of the corresoond-
jence between the state department
and the legation of Salvador and
called, it to the attention of their
fvrmne,ni6,': 'each-of' Which in all
prowbHitjr,oii entering the League
of Nations will make reference to
the definition given by President
Wilson and thiti protect themselves
legally against wrongful use of the
Monroe doctrine in the future, a
circumstance that has kept Spanish-American
countries suspicious
of the United States for a long time.
The government of Salvador,
through its aiert minister here, was
careful not to try to define the
Monroe doctrine, respecting the
'same as purely a national policy of
the United States. But at the same
time it was deemed not improper to
ask the United States for an in
terpretation. Acting Secretary Polk
' in his formal note to Salvador, said :
"The views of this government
with reference to the Monroe doc
trine were set forth in the address
of the president of the United
States to the second Pan-American
scientific congress, copy of the per
tinent portions of which I beg to
attach herewith."
Left Much In Doubt
Then follows this extract from
the speech of President Wilson, Jan.
9, 1915:
"The Monroe doctrine was pro
claimed by the United States on her
own authority. It always has been
maintained and always will be
maintained upon her own respon-
(Continued oa Page Two.)
Joplin, Mo., March 11. Several
persons were killed and extensive
damage caused by a tornado which
struck Nevada, Mo., 60 miles north,
this afternoon, according to re
ports received by officials of a tel
ephone company. The message
stated the Vernon County Trust
company building was destroyed.
St Louis, Mo., March 11. A new
political party with the commit
tee of 48 as its nucleus, will have
candidates for president and vice
president in the forthcoming na
tional election, it was announced
here today.
Paul Harris Drake of Boston, a
director of the "forty-eighters,"
said the proposed party would be
composed of "liberal" organiza
tions, such as the American labor
party and various farmers' socie
ties. Candidates will be selected at a
national convention to be held
probably here, next June, he ex
Admiral Says Ex-Food
Administrator Will .:
Back Statements.
Washington, March 11. Herbert
Hoover will be called to testify In
the senate Investigation of the
navy's conduct of the war.
Rear Admiral Sims told the In
quiry committee today that Mr.
Hoover had an intimate knowledge
of the situation in Europe at the
time America entered the war, and
asked that he be summoned to sub
stantiate the admiral's testimony
with regard to the gravity of the
allies' position at that time.
Sims Wants Proof.
Admiral Sims said he had receiv
ed a note from Mr. Hoover saying
be would be here Saturday, and
Chairman Hale agreed to call
him on that day. Admiral
Sims said he would like to have
the former food administrator call
ed before he proceeded further in
order that there should "be no
doubt in my mind that 1 have sub
stantiated the part of my letter in
which I described the gravity of
the crisis which we faced In 1917
and pointed out how near to dis
aster the lack of action by the de
partment at that time brought us.
"The allies, indeed, barely escap
ed a peace without victory," said
the admiral.
Continues Testimony.
Indications that the navy depart
ment withheld sending all available
American naval craft to European
waters early in the war because of
a des'ire to keep the main body of
the nation's sea strength intact for
possible eventualities were contain
ed in Admiral Sims' testimony to
day before the senate committee
investigating the naval conduct ot
the war. He read a cablegram from .
the navy department, dated July
10, 1917, containing an outline of
the department's policy and declar
ing that "while a successful ter
mination of the present war must
always be the first allied aim and -will
probably will result in dimin- '
ished tension throughout the world,
the future position of the United
States must not be jeopardized by
an disintegration of our main; fight
ing fleet.
The same cablegram. Admiral
Sims said, contained this state
ment: "The navy department announc
es as its general plan of action the
following: Its willingness to send
iis minor fighting forces in any
number not incompatible with home
need to any field of action deemed
advisable by the allied admiralty
council: its unwillingness as a mat
ter of policy to separate any divis
ion from the main fleet tor service
abroad, although it is willing to
send the entire battleship fleet
abroad to act as a united but co
operating unit when the emergency
is deemed to warrant it."
Three Months After Declaration.
With regard to this message and .
statement of policy Admiral Sims
said it was the "first definite state
ment of policy, I had received, ar
riving a few days over three
months after we had declared war."
"The astounding features of this
policy were, however, that while it
stated our intention to cooperate to
the utmost degree, still such co
operation was conditioned - first
upon an adequate defense of our
own waters and next upon the fu
ture position of the United States
after this war was finished," said
the admiral. "I am wholly unable
to conceive of any war policy based
i upon the requirements of any fu
iture possible war."
A message received from the navy
department, dated July 5, to the ef
fect that several small vessels were
being sent to augment bis forces
"indicated that they were at last
beginning to realize that there was
a war being fought in European
waters, declared Admiral Sims.
Would Let Oar Coast Go.
On April 23, Aug. 24 and Sept. 19,
1918, Admiral Sims said he wrote
the department expressing his dis
appointment at the apparent non
success of the destroyer bulding
program in the United States and
urging the necesstly of "speedng
up" production of anti-submarine
craft and sending every available
vessel to the war zone even at the
expense of the protection of the
coasts of the United States.
"I am only introducing testimony
so far along in 1918 at this time to
bring out the accumulated effect ot
not having thrown our full weight
into the war at the begining," the
admiral said.
Chicago, March 11. An increase
of from $40 to ISO a year in tuition
fees at thj University of Chicago,
effective for the summer quarter,
was announced today. A quarter
includes 11 weeks of work and the
fee covers three subjects for that
- i period. The charge for additional
ubjects remains at $20 eact, -

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